CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 7, Episode 20

Lab Rats (12 Apr. 2007)

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With Grissom out of his office and all of the detectives out in the field, Hodges and the lab other techs try to discover new clues in the miniature killer case.



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Grissom has to divide five cases between himself (an autopsy with Dr. Al Robbins), Cath, Sara and Greg. Meanwhile Hodges calls Archie and two other lab rats together to attempt inside to find the connection between the serial killer's four crime scenes, by studying the signature miniatures: perfect scale models he left -the second however was delivered later, after a modification- over nine months and the meager case files in Grissom's office. By surprise a live rat escapes from the autopsy corps. The other technicians furiously abandon him when realizing Hodges was not asked by Grissom, but he perseveres and finds a bizarre material common point... Written by KGF Vissers

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Hodges: Four people are dead, the killer is still out there and you're mocking?
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The Always-Strange 'Hodges' Turns Hero, So To Speak
31 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was not as good as I had hoped after seeing the premise in the opening scene....yet some scenes were riveting. Overall, there was too much repetitiveness (flashbacks from previous episodes), and only a half-successful attempt at succeeding with humor between these "lab rats" at CSI.

One of them is a bit too mean-spirited, too. That's "Wendy Simms" (Liz Vassey) who has a nasty mouth and attitude. He had "Hodges" (Wallace Langham), don't get along, but she instigates the nasty stuff. The others include "Archie" (Archie Johnson) and one or two others whose names escape me. Sorry. Most of them are mainly in it for the humor.

Hodges, as everyone who follows this show knows, is weird, to begin with, so anything he says is taken with a grain of salt. While the main CSI people are at other crime scenes, it is he who decides to ask his fellow rats (minus one: Wendy, which partly explains her attitude problem) to see if they can solve the "The Miniature Killer" case, perhaps seeing things the fieldworkers cannot see.

That's the good premise, but little is done except for repeating scenes from previous shows and the group bickering with constant put-downs. Finally, Hodges does come up with something in common with all four murders: bleach. Later, Grissom "buys it" and Hodges is one happy man. End of show.

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